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Ep 209 - The #DamnGood Skin Barrier-Boosting Creams We’ll Use Forever

“Barrier Repair” is a big beauty buzzword - but what does it really mean? Today we’re bringing you a little Skin Barrier 101, along with a roundup of our #damngood skin-saving favorites.

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Meet the O.G. “Cosmetics Cop.” Paula Begoun is the 67-year-old founder of Paula’s Choice skincare and the author of over 20 books, including Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Today, the industry veteran is here to retrace the origin story behind the iconic range, dubbed as “The Original Internet Beauty Brand” and one of the first to go “fragrance-free” long before “free from” lists were even a thing. Today, Paula’s Choice is gaining more popularity than ever before, ranking as one of the Top 5 most-talked about beauty brands on Reddit.

Skincare By Hyram calls Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant “Sorcery in a Bottle”

Find out why Gen-Z influencer Skincare By Hyram has touted the best-selling Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant as “Sorcery in a Bottle.” Then, stay tuned as Paula goes off on the biggest cosmetics myths she’s busting these days, as she sets the record straight on the number one threat your skin:
Plus, find out why she thinks antioxidants are the unsung heroes of skincare, along with her predictions on which ingredients are going to peak next (Hint: turns out CBD may have actual scientific legs, guys.) And finally, Paula gets real real about cosmetic surgery.

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Zanna Roberts Rassi (centre) with Jill and Carlene

Jill and Carlene take New York City! In today’s episode, we sit down with Zanna Roberts Rassi, Milk Makeup co-founder and fashion-editor-at-large for Marie Claire.  You may recognize Zanna in her role as E! News fashion correspondent, where she reports straight from the red carpet — or perhaps you’ve tuned into one of her viral videos with the hashtag #CommuterBeautyWithZanna.

The brand’s first-ever Vegan Milk Moisturizer

The best-selling Kush High Volume Mascara

We’re tracing the origin story behind Milk Makeup, the cool, vegan beauty brand built for Generation Z. Find out how a high fashion photo studio in NYC’s Meatpacking District served as the ultimate inspiration behind all of the products, from the best-selling Milk Makeup KUSH Mascara – the first to tout cannabis sativa seed oil in makeup – to the Insta-worthy lucite packaging, to the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer that finally converted Carlene to using a primer!

Zanna never misses an award show!

Tune in as Zanna spills the details on Milk Makeup’s latest venture into the world of skincare, with its first ever moisturizer and cleanser. Then, we discover the greatest red carpet beauty tip she’s ever received (including the celebrity who whispered the secret!), the most treasured fashion item in her glitzy closet, and finally, after having appeared as a guest judge on Glam Masters and Project Runway All-Stars, anyone got any guesses on which t.v. show Zanna will appear on next?

Products mentioned in this episode: Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara; Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer; Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer; Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser; Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion

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Miss Grass Founders Anna Duckworth (left) and Kate Miller

This weekend saw the funnest unofficial holiday of the year, 4/20! And to celebrate, we’ve partnered with Miss Grass on a special episode all about the benefits of cannabis-based beauty. On the mic we welcome Anna Duckworth and Kate Miller, founders of the leading women’s cannabis website that’s been dubbed “The Goop of Cannabis” by W Magazine.

Good reads on the Miss Grass website

Aside from offering up pink porcelain “Le Pipes”, cannabis-spiked lubes, celebrity-loved gummies and beauty products like CBD-infused face serums, Miss Grass is out to educate with an online magazine. And since they cover topics like: “How I faced my dispensary fear and found serenity,” (#relatable!) we knew we needed to get Anna and Kate’s tips on how they’ve been using cannabis beauty in their own lives to treat symptoms of celiac disease and psoriasis (all of their bestselling products are here).

Miss Grass best-seller: Vertly’s CBD Infused Lip + Skin Balm

If you’re wondering why cannabis beauty might be beneficial in skincare, it’s because cannabidiol and other parts of the plant are known, powerful anti-inflammatories. But let’s be honest, since pot has been outlawed for so long, clinical data is only now starting to get underway. In the meantime, it’s the wild west out there – and how’s a girl to shop? Do we really need CBD in our mascaras? All this and more, in today’s episode.

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Products mentioned in this episode: 2 Rise Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil With Turmeric; Apothecanna Everyday Face & Body Oil; Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Pain Spray; Lord Jones Old Fashioned CBD Gumdrops; Vertly CBD Infused Lip + Skin Balm; Ildi Pekar CBD-Infused Facial Serum; Apothecanna Relieving Spray; Apothecanna Everyday Creme; Quim Rock Happy Clam

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.